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of benghazi. a total of four americans were killed, america vowed there will be justice, turns out 911 was a bad day for overseas, protesters in cairo scaled the wall and embassy. destroyed the american flag in cairo and egypt, and then in benghazi, where we begin tonight, we have our chief foreign correspondent, richard, engel. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, we hoped to broadcast in front of the u.s. embassy here in cairo, but had to leave as egyptian security forces clashed with the demonstrators there, pushing them back, using tear gas to try to stop assaults like the ones yesterday, which we are learning much more about. two attacks on u.s. buildings, one here in cairo, spontaneous, passion, harmless, the other in benghazi, focused and deadly. at 4:00, protesters in cairo answer a preacher's call on tv to go to the u.s. embassy to denounce a u.s. video made in the u.s. that insulted islam. they say they want to stop the movie about to premier, by 6:00, the protesters scaled the embassy, ripping down the u.s. flag. nobody is hurt, but egyptian police are noticeably
't hurt anybody inside. in benghazi, the more we learn about it, the less like that it seemed. it was a commando-style raid in benghazi where militants may have been angry about this same video, but they clearly moved in with a military-style tactic. they had rpgs. the attack on the consulate was carried thought two waves. that's the kind of thing in benghazi that is carried out by a militant group, by a terrorist group, by al qaeda potentially. and u.s. officials are looking into that right now. also wondering was it just a coincidence that the u.s. ambassador, who is normally based in tripoli, happened to be in benghazi at the very time of the attack. so a lot of questions. but it's clear now that these were two very different incidents. a spontaneous uprising that resulted in no casualties here in cairo, and a guerrilla assault in benghazi that killed the u.s. ambassador. richard engel, nbc news, cairo. >> the story is obviously global, but the emotion is very local. ambassador stevens went to piedmont high school and then to uc berkeley. tonight his friends and family are
the cradle of the arab spring in cairo, where the ambassador was stormed. benghazi, the attack that killed four americans, including the first ambassador to die in decades. this was a somber day at andrew's air force base as the four americans came home, as the leaders of their government looked on. it is where we begin our coverage tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: to the mournful tones of "nearer my god to thee," the caskets came home, four public servants, arriving to the embrace of family and the secretary of state, brought together in grief. >> today, we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country, and our values. >> reporter: four americans, the president said, who knew the danger and accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> glenn dougherty never shied from adventure, he believed in his life he could make a difference, by the calling as a navy seal. tyrone woods spent two decades as a navy seal, multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. >> he had the arms of a healer and warrior. earning the distinct
in benghazi, libya, is being labelled the terrorist attacks. that was not the initial story we begin with what it does mean. our chief correspondent, andrea mitchell, good evening. >>> good evening, tonight, the white house confirmed the attack was an act of terror, officials say by al qaeda members. but big whens remain about when it was planned and why initial reports were wrong under heavy guard, secretary of state hillary clinton, arriving in libya today to attend a memorial service for the americans killed there. now that the fbi is on scene, the u.s. acknowledged reports of a protest gone wild were wrong. on air force one, the press secretary, jay carney says it was self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. president obama was asked about that today >> what we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm u.s. interests. >> reporter: intelligence officials now believe it could have been a planned attack all along, looking like a protest. today, offi
happened in and around the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, the night four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador. aman mohadin is in benghazi once again for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the investigation into the killing of the americans here in benghazi intensifies. today there was a powerful message for greater unity in the region as protests continued against the american-made anti-islam preliminary. ♪ >> reporter: a prayer for peace in the heart of the middle east. pope benedict holding sunday mass in front of 300,000 worshippers. his message? reconciliation and tolerance. but there was little of either today as the demonstrations continued. also in lebanon today hundreds took to the streets in an anti-american protest. in pakistan hundreds of protesters clashed with police after demonstrators broke through a barrier near the u.s. consulate in karachi. protesters set american flags on fire. more than 100 people were arrested in paris while hundreds more gathered today in london. in tunisia where the protests were the most
of demonstrations since a crowd stormed the u.s. embassy in benghazi, killing a u.s. ambassador from the bay area. danielle lee has been live for us. she joins us from capitol hill with how lawmakers are responding. >> reporter: lawmakers are condemning not only the violence but also this online video that prompted it all. this is all in the hope of calming this outrage before more people get hurt. hundreds of yemeni protesters turned on police after storming the u.s. embassy here. the aggression against america is spreading throughout the middle east, in egypt, libya, iran and iraq. two days ago protesters set fire to the u.s. embassy in benghazi. that attack killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. john mccain says he believes the attacks in benghazi were organized and that ambassador stevens was targeted. >> i think the way this attack was carried out clearly indicate that's the case. >> reporter: the u.s. government is now working with libya to identify the people responsible for that attack. but nbc's michael leiter suggests bringing the perpetrator to justice may not
there. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in benghazi tonight where he has an exclusive with the president of libya tonight about what happened. good evening. >> reporter: the details of the attack that killed the american ambassador and three others may not be clear. according to libya's president there is no doubt in his mind who is responsible for the attack. the charred remains of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's president said today the attack was not the aftermath of a spontaneous outburst of street protests over an anti-islam movie. >> i have no doubts about this. it is a preplanned attack. very sinister. with criminal intentions. >> reporter: for the first time president mohamed magariaf said it wasn't just libyans involved in the attack. without giving details he said foreigners participated in planning and orchestrating the assault. >> we have assumptions and we have some information. and all the information that we have now leads to the same direction. >> reporter: one possible reason the u.s. was targeted -- revenge. earlier this year a u.s. drone strike killed one of al
i'm jim cramer and i'll see you tomorrow. >>> this morning on "early today," murder in benghazi. president obama vows justice will be done after the horrific killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya. >>> money out the window. bank robbery suspects hurl cash during a high-speed police chase. >>> and baby buzz? what england's duchess kate has been turning down that's sparking pregnancy rumors. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm mara schiavocampo. today, we begin with firing back. in response to deadly attacks in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador and three diplomats, an elite group of marines has been sent to ramp up security at u.s. facilities in libya's capital. meanwhile, the violence has spread to yemen's capital this morning, where protesters have attacked the u.s. embassies. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hi, mara, good morning. good morning, everyone. here on capitol hill, the senate is condemning what happene
christopher stevens at the u.s. embassy compound in benghazi, libya, new reporting tonight on the security situation before the fatal attack. >> reporter: today, the burned out consulate in benghazi is sealed off, and security is tight. but why was there not more security the night that four americans were killed over the weekend, the ambassador, susan rice claims, there was a strong security presence at the consulate. >> we had security personnel in benghazi, a significant number, and tragically, must be the four were two u.s. security personnel. >> reporter: but other sources contradict that account, saying the two former seals, glenn dougherty and tyrone woods, who saved lives were not in libya to provide personal security for the ambassador or for consulate personnel and u.s. officials say consulate security consisted of a u.s. regional security officer and a local militia, known as the february 17th group, which guarded the outpost. chris stevenss often had little security detail >> the security there was very low, i would characterize it as no security whatsoever. shocking and irresp
test te what happened more than two weeks after that deadly attack on americans in benghazi. the unanswered questions that are not going away. and the new demand for answers. >>> hitting home, a stark reminder today of the struggle so many americans are facing, even if they have a job. >>> where is jimmy hoffa, an enduring american mystery, tonight, why they're digging into t evidence. >>> and an extraordinary suggestion from the head of apple. >>> and making a difference, under the friday night lights, something everybody can hear about. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie, in tonight for brian. it has been more than two weeks since the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. tonight, a rare reversal, tonight, the intelligence officials say they originally got it wrong. patience is slow with the investigation, and shifting explanations from the administration. tonight, members of congress from both parties are demanding answers, and on the ground in libya, the american officials sent to pi
pretoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is both noeble and necessary. we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen. how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding, the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke to the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people an
embassy staff members were killed last night during a flare-up in violence in the eastern city of benghazi. u.s. officials have yet to confirm the reports. last night, smoke and flames billowed out of the u.s. consulate in benghazi after libyan security forces clashed with armed muslim protesters throwing handmade bombs at the compound. the gunmen were outraged over an american film promoted by an extremist anti-muslim advocate which criticizes islam and the prophet mohammed. secretary of state hillary clinton strongly condemned the attack. earlier tuesday anger over that same film boiled over at the u.s. embassy in cairo. thousands cheered while demonstrators pulled down the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic flag. >>> the white house is denying reports of a split with israel over iran's nuclear weapons program. a white house statement says president obama spoke on the telephone for an hour with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and reaffirmed they are united in their determination to stop iran from building a nuclear weapon. the statement refuted earlier reports t
. >> reporter: mara, good morning. good morning, everyone. we've evacuated our folks out of benghazi to tripoli. in tripoli the embassy is at bare bones emergency staff only, as authorities fear more violence throughout the region. more demonstrations overnight. more tear gas. more rocks thrown at police. so far, more than 200 have been injured in protests at 11 u.s. compounds. and despite a call for calm by egypt's president, there's concern about more violence today after friday prayer. >> we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the fbi is sending a team from new york to germany, then benghazi, to investigate. libya announced four arrests in the deaths of four americans and said they're looking for more. >> we have to protect our people. we have to protect the americans. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton identified the two security guards who were killed. >> they were good and brave men. they were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of libya. >> reporter: in washington and on the
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: was the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya spontaneous or did terrorists use a protest over an anti-islamic film as cover? >> opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya. >> reporter: libya's interim president says it was coordinated, but not by libyans. >> it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country few months ago. >> reporter: libyan officials say they've rounded up dozens of suspects. the fbi is hoping to deliver a definitive answer on what happened, but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi because it's still too dangerous. the waves of anti-american protests from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing, but critics of current u.s. policy say the protests are not the problem, they're a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem, we are going to make a serious mistake. >> reporter: isra
at the consulate in benghazi, the militia is not under the president's control. here's our report tonight. >> reporter: taking advantage of growing outrage many libyans hold responsible for the attack, the president's president issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to put down their weapons and disband. this just days after protesters stormed the consulate in benghazi. while u.s. officials have praised the attack on ben began gas si. in an interview with the "new york times," egypt's president defended his government's slow response to the attack, telling the paper, quote, we can never condone this kind of violence, but we need to deal with the situation wisely. responding to president obama's recent remarks that he didn't consider them an ally. in a message he's likely to echo this week, he said it's up to the united states to repair relations with the arab world. >>> now to nbc's education nation, our ongoing in depth looking at the challenge of americas schools and the possible solutions. the education summit began today. that's where rehema ellis is tonight. >> reporter: accord
're learning more about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, which killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the obama administration says it was a planned terrorist attack, and the fbi is investigating a possible al qaeda link, and an issue that secretary of state hillary clinton discussed today. meanwhile, ann curry sat down with the president of libya to discuss the situation. >> reporter: would you call the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that. and it is a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against american citizens. >> reporter: you're confirming that rpgs were used in the original attack? >> mortars -- >> reporter: they were used in the attack? >> yes. >> reporter: and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about 500. >> reporter: and you were saying they were fired with such accuracy that this could not have been done by somebody who didn't have experience? >> experience and knew what he was doing. >> reporter: and this is what is helping to convince you that this was a pre-planned attack, not a r
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, the libyan president said, no, in fact, al qaeda was behind this attack. and then days later, after ambassador rice is on this program and other programs, the president's spokesman jay carney says this. it is, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. well, if it was self-evident, why didn't the president call this exactly what it was, an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11? >> well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. information was being provided realtime. obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. and as ambassado
they retrieved the remains of their son, the u.s. a.m. bass dor who was killed in benghazi last week. >> he wasn't the kind of diplomat to sit in the office and attend receptions and just be a formal person. he was a man of the people. >> i'm perfectly aware there was danger, but there was danger almost every of place he went. >> reporter: stevens' mother said she learned long ago not to worry. she says her son inherited his curious and outgoing nature from his grandfather and was on the go from the start. in fact ush, trips to the park her on her toes. >> chris, take off, cross toward the street. i'd run out and get him and bring him back. then he'd take off in the other direction and i'd run off and get him. he was a really active little guy. so he wasn't always -- and just kind of, you know, busy. >> reporter: and he didn't stop. he studied abroad in high school and college and did a stint in the peace corps before ultimately taking on a career in the foreign service. but the east bay remained home and ties to his familytayed strong. >> he was a great big brother. he really watched over his b
.s. embassy. then the terrible lightning attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead. the first ambassador murdered on the job in a generation. some of this is coming from an anti-islamic film made here in the u.s. and it appears there is violence aimed across the country in a big region. we begin tonight with our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, who is back, where by the way they're reporting 200 injuries today. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, clashes are still continuing here, even at this late hour near the u.s. embassy, and they were not the only ones in this region. this mess in the middle east is not over yet. the protesters in yemen set out to destroy the american embassy, to punish an insult against islam. protesters climbed the perimeter fence, undeterred by the yemen security forces who tried to keep them back, with water canons the crowds pushed forward, and managed to get inside the embassy parking lot. smashing windows, torching vehicles, using a forklift to do even more dama
in the area where is the protests are occurring are being advised to leave the state department in benghazi which has been evacuated. reporting live in washington, danielle lee, nbc bay area news. >> you can continue to follow the story on our web site at nbcbayarea.com and we will have the latest details as the story continues to develop. >>> developing news. two universities in different parts of the country after bomb threats lead to mass evacuation orders. officials at the university of texas in austin issued an alert this morning asking students and staff to clear out immediately. this after a caller claimed to be with al qaeda and said he placed bombs all over campus. so far no bombs have been found. north dakota states and fargo ordered evacuations there. >>> back in the bay area, antioch fire investigators are searching through five fires. the first call came in at 9:30 on sycamore drive. one fire damaged the 99 cent store. the latest happened at 8:00 this morning on william reed drive. >>> new details this morning about the fire at the menlo park school. that school was not equippe
, chris led our diplomatic post in benghazi with skill, courage and resolve. he built partnerships. >> i risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens'. >> libya's interim government has condemned the attack. >> marla, as we mentioned, the death of stevens has hit close to home in the bay area. >> he was a graduate of piedmont high school and u.c. berkeley. we have christie smith live from cal with more on his life and service. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, marla. shock and outrage. that is what i heard from one professor here. she had been communicating with chris stevens. he graduated from piedmont high school and graduated from u.c. berkeley in 1982. the spokesperson said they will release a statement about this very soon because u.c. berkeley has been fielding calls over the ambassador who was killed when he and others went to the embassy to evacuate staff as they came under attack. in the video introducing stevens, he mentioned growing up in california saying i did not know much about the
in benghazi, according to witnesses now, libyans tried to rescue him but were frustrated when there was no ambulance, no first aid. the u.s. and libyans cooperating in that investigation. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> well, now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in dallas, just frightening video, and it shows the moment when two women were struck by a hit-and-run driver and they drove down an embankment to escape. the victims had pulled over on a highway off ramp because of a flat tire. police were responding to that call when the hit and run happened right in front of them. the other driver remains on the loose. >>> in georgia, an even more bizarre hit and run. someone plowed right into a house in the middle of the night while two people were inside. they didn't even know it happened until the next morning when they woke up and they found a good chunk of their house completely gone. >>> in oregon, rescuers did a perfect job of saving a kitten trapped beneath a basement in a drain pipe. it took firefighters and a plumber
, that deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, where four americans died, evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. >> they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: much else remains unanswered or under dispute. was al qaeda involved? >> we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al qaeda. >> reporter: was the attack planned like the libyan government insists or was it spontaneous like u.s. intelligence officials believe? >> i just don't think that people come to protest equipped with rpgs and other heavy weapons. >> we are conducting interviews, gathering evidence, and trying to sort out the facts. >> reporter: as investigators sort out the facts, the families of those men killed are laying their loved ones to rest. scenes of sadness republican senator susan collins says could have been prevented had the consulate been better protected. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security. >> reporter: one of the many factors under evaluation as the u.s. tri
people were killed. still, a result of that anti-muslim video. but in benghazi, libya, where the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed last week, a different kind of demonstration. thousands of libyans turned out to support the u.s., and even storming an islamic headquarters. >>> and now the emotional visit to this country, by the nobel prize recipient, aung san kyi was awarded the congressional gold medal on her first visit to the u.s. since she was freed after years under house arrest. nbc's ann curry sat down for a rare interview with her today, she is with her in the studio today. >> that is absolutely right, aung san kyi endured 15 years of house arrest, fighting for democracy in myanmar, separated from her husband who was dying, before she was finally released. she is now a member of her country's parliament. and we again by asking her about her meeting with president obama >> it is a privilege, and it is also -- i like your president. >> reporter: did you ask him to lift economic sanctions on burma? >> i have already discussed this with members of your congre
on the unrest in libya and the middle east. at times emotional. >> the attacks on the civilians from benghazi were attacks on americans. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. and on this we must agree. there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> reporter: president obama also appeared to draw a real line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> let me be clear. america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at the record for the last four years s.iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind day of media appearances for both romney and the president. it was hard to miss them, either physically in new york or on tv. >> i'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys. >> and both trying to one-up each other in
helped save from destruction? >> as the libyan president flew to benghazi to visit the destroyed consulate today, he said he deeply regretted the loss of life. >> we're doing our best to bring them to justice. >> the attack showed he does not have complete control of his country. in cairo where the united states turned its back on its old friend hosni mubarak, radicals are troying to destroy the embassy with running battles with riot police in tahrir square, tear gas and stones. it's ironic that with american diplomats inside the embassy who helped to give these demonstrators, these protestors a voice and allowed them to actually carry out this anti-american clashes that we're seeing right now. so what did washington think would happen if he won? as the new egyptian president morsi was campaigning to lead the world's biggest arab country in elections the u.s. supported, he used radical creatures to stump for him. >> without a doubt he doesn't support the violence. >> ed hussein, a former muslim extremist is now with the council on foreign relations. >> what motivates them is the
of national intelligence now says the attack in benghazi was deliberate and organized. some of those involved, he says, were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al qaeda. it's a big change from the administration's original claim. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: now the republican chairman of the house homeland security committee says ambassador rice should step down. >> either she's intentionally misleading the american people and she should resign for that, or she's unqualified to be u.n. ambassador and she got the facts as wrong as she did and she should resign for that. >> reporter: but the white house's ambassador rice was simply offering the best information available at the time. pete williams, nbc washington. >>> prosecutors say before james holmes went on that deadly shooting rampage in a colorado movie theater, he had been barred from the university of colorado for threatening a professor. court documents are raising questions about why campus police did not rep
, that one in benghazi at the u.s. consulate. demonstrators are angry by the film, tried to burn it down. the u.s. state department says all staff have been accounted for. >> richard engel on this explosion of violence just today. thanks. >>> there's a new flare up between the u.s. and israel over iran. what seems to have set this off, recent remarks by secretary of state hillary clinton. she said the u.s. would not set deadlines or name so-called red line limits that can't be crossed concerning iran's nuclear activities. netanyahu of israel fired back today, saying those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. and we learned today, the president is not going to meet with netanyahu when he comes to address the u.n. here in new york later this month. >>> in the city of chicago, the third largest in our country, another day of no school and no options for parents and students there. the teachers strike has now stretched through day two. and again tonight, thousands gathered and marched in the downto
from benghazi. the libyan doctor says he died of severe asphyxiation causing stomach bleeding. meanwhile, u.s. officials say there's no indication that the attack on the con sue late was planned contrary to earlier reports. they believe militants jumped at the opportunity while a protest of an anti-islamic film made in the u.s. was taking place outside the embassy. meanwhile, angry mob-like demonstrations over that film have now spread to 11 countries. this was the scene in cairo where protesters balloted with police. security forces fired tear gas to try and disburse the crowd. it was successful at keeping them away from the u.s. embassy. not the case in yemen where protesters were determined to destroy the american embassy. forces could not keep them away. dem mon straighters were able to get inside the parking lot, smashing vehicles. the u.s. embassy was prepared. the staff was already moved to a safe location and no one was hurt. >> the three other americans killed alongside streempbs sean smith, an information officer and again doherty and tie row woods. both were former
was suggesting weakness and now the tarke on our consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond the statement i have made to you at this time. chris: david, he certainly looked presidential even then as a candidate. and by not talking at a time of confusion, if you will, this time, however, romney jumped. how do you look at that? >> ronald reagan sounded presidential precisely because he was calm, because he didn't attempt to assert himself. didn't try to take advantage. mitt romney sounded like a presidential can
of their son. the u.s. ambassador to libya who was killed in an attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi last week. >> he was not the type of diplomat to sit in the office and attend receptions and just be a formal person. he was a man of the people. >> i'm perfectly aware that there was danger. but there was danger almost every place he went. >> reporter: stevens' mother said she learn long ago not to worry. she says her son inherited his curious and outgoing nature from his grandfather and was on the go from the start. in fact, trips to the park kept her on her toes. >> chris, would take off. across toward the street and i would run out and get him and bring him back. he would take off in other direction and i would run off and get him. he was a really active little guy. so he wasn't always -- and just kind of, you know, busy. >> reporter: and he didn't stop. he studied abroad in high school and college. and did a continue in the peace corps before ultimately teague a career in the foreign service. but the east bay remained home and ties to his family stayed strong. >> he was a great big br
. >> reporter: in benghazi, the birthplace of libya's revolution, thousands took to the streets demanding dozens of the country's militias be dismantled. >> we have to make just one army in libya. >> reporter: what began as a peaceful protest ended in a clash with armed groups that came to dominate the city in response to the september 11 attack of the u.s. consulate that killed four americans, they stormed a group they claim was involved in the assault. within hours protesters in the compound forced militia members to flee. at least 11 protesters were killed and dozens injured in clashes. cnn reports it found a copy of ambassador stevens's personal journal after the attack and that stevens wrote about how he feared for his life in the newly liberated country. his step-father tells nbc news tonight the report that he, quote, feared for his life, didn't sound like something he would write. american embassies remain on high alert in the wake of protests over the anti-islam film posted on youtube this month. in pakistan the death toll rose to more than 20 today. violent clashes between police and p
the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke at their home with assemblyman jerry hill. hill authored a bill which was signed into law today that will tighten loopholes around underaged drinking on party buses. the couple's 19-year-old son brett was k
on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless on tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> mitt romney has tried to cast president obama as a weak leader in terms of the global situation. too quick to apologize for american values. >>> what crews uncovered under san francisco's city hall after the '06 earthquake. and what they'll do next. >>> a bay area doctor is sounding the alarm on what she calls a concussion crisis for young athletes. >>> cars without drivers? a google idea gets the green light on california highways. >>> plus, the added features some are speculating on. >>> and good evening, i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center, 64 right now in san jose. and for our wednesday forecast, temperatures are expected to go up into the mid-70s near san jose. we'll talk about who will hit 90 degrees comingp in a few minutes. >>> so you're in the car but you're not driving the car. google is driving. the driverless car got the green light from gov
bigger worry is what was said outside of benghazi, the egyptian government's demands. >> by calling on the united states to condemn americans who have engaged in hateful speech towards muslims and it reflects widespread unrest and skepticism and hostility towards the united states. >> reporter: senior fellow thomas henrikson says now the u.s. may be wary whether libyan leaders are invested in working together. >> we saw that in egypt, where the government will say one thing to us, and another thing in arabic to its followers. >> reporter: the attacks that killed ambassador stevens may reveal the instability of the libyan government itself. after all, he had been a friend to the rebels, supporting their fight to overthrow gadhafi. libya, plagued with political instability, compounded by extremists who hate america. >> we can't say, well, we're going to take a break for our elections. we can't say, we're going to leave it alone and walk away. we tried that back in the 1990s and we got 9/11 as a payback. >> reporter: henrikson adds that what the u.s. should be focusing on is whether li
by a mob on the 9/11 anniversary at the embassy in benghazi. the president vowed no u.s. retreat. >> making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our grief, we will be resolute. for we are americans. we hold our head high. >> the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned, at kfc and hardee's. this was gaza. many furious over the anti-islam film made. it's not just arab nations. protest as the cross the world in nearly 40 cities today. republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan, blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent, american leadership. that its what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in a romney/ryan administration. >> team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong, and poorly timed. now is the time when -- americans should be coming together. >> many in the muslim world are coming together against america. >>> well that video that sparked the violent protests will reman posted on youtube despite a request from the was today. th
assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, where four americans died, evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. >> they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> much else is unanswered or under dispute. was al qaeda involved? >> we are looking at indications that individuals in the attack may have had connections to al qaeda. >> was the attack planneded like libya insists or spontaneous as officials believe. >> i just don't think that people come to protest equipped with rpgs and other heavy weapons. >> we are conducting interviews. gathering evidence. trying to sort out the facts. >> as investigators sort out the facts. the families are laying their loved ones to rest. today a funeral procession in massachusetts for one of the former navy seals. scenes of sadness. susan collins says could have been prevented had the consulate been better protected. she asked why the u.s. relied on limited number of lbi ialibyan instead mau instead of marines. >> i'm stunned and appalled. >> secure one of the factors under evaluation as the u.s. tries to prevent
from washington. he was killed in an attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi last week. >> he was not the type of diplomat to sit in the office and attend receptions and just be a formal person. he was a man of the people. >> i'm perfectly aware that there was danger. there was danger almost every place he went. >> reporter: stevens' mother said she learn long ago not to worry. she said her son inherited his curious and outgoing nature from his grandfather and was on the go from the start. in fact, trips to the park kept her on her toes. >> chris would take off, cross toward the street. i would run out and get him and bring him back and he would take off in the other direction and i would run off and get him. he was a really active little guy. he wasn't always -- and just kind of, you know, busy. >> and he didn't stop. he studied abroad in high school and college. and did a stint in the peace corps before ultimately taking on a career in the foreign service. the east bay remained home and ties to his family stayed strong. >> he was a great big brother. he watched over his brot
and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> reporter: but after benghazi, the u.s. ambassador to libya assassinated, three more americans murdered, with egypt run by islamists, syria out of control, mitt romney campaigning in colorado blames barack obama. >> these are not bumps in the road, these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for a president who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: in our presidential election, romney is trailing in colorado. and in ohio, a must-win state for him where he campaigns tomorrow. >> look, we're going to win. there's no question in my mind. we're going to win. >> reporter: six weeks to go. one reason president obama is limiting diplomatic time at the u.n. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> iran's president had harsh words for israel and the united states during his address to the united nations today in new york. ahmadinejad accused the united states of shielding a fake regime, meaning israel. in reference to the anti-islam video produced in the u.s., he al
. >> the u.s. diplomat who loved libya but who was murdered there, his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. there's no video that justifies an attack on the embassy. >> there was no sympathy from the president, but calls for a deeper look into the causes of anti-u.s. muslim rioting and demanded muslim leaders do more now. >> it is time to marginalize those who even when not directly resorting to violence use hatred of america or the west or israel as the central organizing principle of politics. >> reporter: iran's president ahmadinejad yesterday called for elimination of israel. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: netanyahu publicly pushed mr. obama to threaten force against iran. he didn't. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy. and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york say not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we ca
the hunt is on for those responsible for deadly attack at a u.s. consulate there. eamonn is in benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveill
around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and there is political fallout as well. mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. he's in cairo for us once again. richard, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, from tahrir square. this the iconic place that became the scene of massive demonstrations from the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob a
made in connection with tuesday's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we're in tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country. they're not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly attack. what we do know is that according to libyan officials, some of the individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protests which the officials hearsay was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simply an outburst or spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s. but rather a coordinated planned attack exploited by a militant group perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. he's in tripoli for us with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03 now. here's david. >> savannah, thank you. the violent anti-american demonstrations are not letting up in
in the city of benghazi on tuesday. libya announced four arrests to day saying the militants timed the attack to coincide with the anniversary of september 11th. >>> in washington, there is concern that growing foreign crisis will become a factor in the u.s. presidential campaign. nbc bay area steve handlesman reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: like in libya tuesday, today's anti-american rioting, yemen got out of control. the mob in the capital storming the u.s. embassy complex and breaking in before police beat them back. no americans reported hurt. it's the third arab nation rocked by protests aimed at the u.s. this was egypt last night. another outburst of anger over the kurd anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. but not by the u.s. government. secretary of state clinton tried to make clear about the video today. >> we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney. after he took hits through accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the riots. the president, a foreign crisis close to election day, is a chance to show off le
is in benghazi this morning. >> the u.s. police have sealed the compound with the hopes of preserving any evidence that would be important as they try to piece together what happened that night. according to the libyan president, there is no doubt as who was behind this preplanned attack. he says there were foreign elements involved and suggesting that perhaps al qaeda-inspired militants may have played a role in trying to revenge the killing of its senior al qaeda member who was from libya. obviously, al qaeda has taken this opportunity. they are praising the embassy attack and are calling on miss lambs around the world and moving up security in other embassy buildings. and all across u.s. embassies in some critical countries, nonessential staff have been evacuated. so you get a sense of these protests they are calling for worldwide. >> thank you. and now here is jenna. >> lester, thanks. the outburst of violence across the middle east has the white house dealing with an international crisis now. a difficult balancing act for the president with less than two months to go until election d
stormed the u.s. consulate in the city of benghazi. the building is also reportedly on fire. they are angry over a film that insulted their prophet muhammad. of course, when we get more information we will bring it to you. >>> in other international news tonight, growing tension between israel and the u.s. over iran's controversial nuclear program. >> the world tells israel, wait. there's still time, and i say wait for what? >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said iran's nuclear program is an imminent threat and accuses the u.s. of dragging its feet. he says sanctions have not worked and wants the u.s. to outline details of a u.s.-led military strike against iran's nuclear facilities. secretary of state hillary clinton said the u.s. will not set deadlines. netanyahu suggested that israel is ready to strike on its own, and iran insists it is not developing a nuclear bomb >>> an act of revenge. today an assassination attempt against yemen's defense minister. the bombing in the capital city of sanaa comes one day after yemen and the u.s. confirmed it had killed one of
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a preplanned act of terrorism directed at the american citizens. >> what is your evidence that it was a preplanned act of terrorism? >> number one is choosing the date. 11th of september has all the significance. if we take the facts about the way it was executed, you can see there's enough proof that it is a preplanned act of terrorism. >> describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details about this, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means that the perpetrators must have some kind of exercise on how to launch these rockets. >> you're confirming that rpg's were used in the initial attack. >> the attack. and mortars. >> mortars were used in the subsequent attack. >> subsequent, yes. >> and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five, i think. >> and you're saying that these were fired with such accuracy -- >> yes. >> -- that this could not have been done with someone without experience? >> experience and kne
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